As the seasons change, so does our skin. When you begin switching out your wardrobe for warmer pieces, you should also start to transition your skincare routine too. You might be wondering why you would even need to change up your skincare with the seasons, however as the temperature begins to drop our skin can become dry and chapped, so it’s really important to keep the skin nice and hydrated. Hydration is key during Winter, yes, even if you have oily skin.
In today’s post, and my first post for a good few weeks, I wanted to share with you a somewhat affordable winter skincare routine for oily skin. I’ve called this an ‘affordable’ skincare routine because, for the most part, it contains some inexpensive products. A few are on the pricier side, but are very long lasting so are technically affordable in the long run. I’m going to break this post up into two sections, my morning skincare and my evening skincare. I use different products at night, as I’m not too worried about looking oily when I’m sleeping.
Items marked with an asterisk * were previously gifted
Morning Skincare Routine
Step 1 – Cleanse
Cleanser is such an important part of skincare, it helps remove daily pollutants, dirt and sweat from the skin. Although vital, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing an expensive cleanser, as you’re essentially pouring it down the drain, it gets washed away almost instantly.
Lately my skin has been on the senstive side, so I’ve switched across to the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. It doesn’t lather up like most cleansers, meaning it isn’t stripping the skin of vital oils. I love how soft my skin feels whenever I use this cleanser, it works well with oily skin too.
Step 2 – Toner
When searching for a toner, try to find one that is suited to your skins needs. For example, if you have acne prone skin you would want to use a toner containing Salicylic Acid. In my case, despite having oily skin, I am often prone to dry patches, therefore I reach for a toner with Glycolic Acid. The Pixi Glow Tonic works by resurfacing the top layer of skin revealing a bright and glowy complexion underneath those dead skin cells. Soak a cotton pad in your fave toner and sweep across the face.
Step 3 – Eye Cream
Choosing the right eye cream is a long and tedious process, and one I’m actually yet to master. The application, on the other hand, is very quick and easy so doesn’t need any explanation. I’m currently using the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, it’s very hydrating and doesn’t irritate my eye area.
Step 4 – Serum
Similarly to step 2, you want to chose a serum specific to your skin type. Although I have oily skin, I’ve been loving the Green People Hyaluronic Booster Serum*, it’s very lightweight and doesn’t make my skin any oilier, it’s just lovely and hydrating. Another great serum is the No7 Perfect and Protect Instense Advanced Serum, it is expensive but feels amazing on the skin, it has anti-aging properties to make the skin look younger for longer.
Step 5 – Hydration
You need to keep your skin hydrated even if you have oily skin, it can be counterintuitive to strip your skin of hydration. The skins natural reaction is to create more oil, making you more susceptible to breakouts due to the increase in oil production. A couple of times I week I like to include a couple of spritzs of the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose Water. This spray has a very calming scent and instantly makes the skin feel refreshed.
Step 6 – Moisturiser
I love playing around with my moisturisers depending on how my skin is reacting. For the most part though, I try to stick with the same one day to day. A great, and affordable (it’s only £5.99), moisturiser is the Simple All Day Mattifying Moisturiser. It’s absolutely perfect for oily skin, it’s clinicial proven to help control oils for up to 24hrs!
Step 7 – SPF
Yes, even in winter you should be applying an SPF. Despite the days being overcast, the suns UV rays are still present. SPF is a new thing in my skincare routine but it helps to combat the premature signs of aging. I know I’m only 24 but I don’t want to look old before my time! I’ve been using the Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Face Sunscreen*, however it’s a little on the greasy side, so if you have any SPF recommendations for oily skin, then I’m all ears!
Evening Skincare Routine
Step 1 – Double Cleanse
If you are wearing makeup, you should definitely be double cleansing. This ensures all makeup, dirt and daily pollutants are removed from your pores. For your first cleanse, it’s important to purchase either an oil or balm based cleanser. These really help to break down makeup, speeding up the removal process and ultimately are best for your skin. My all time favourite is the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, just 3 pumps will remove even the heaviest of makeup. Use a damp flannel to remove the oil and makeup to really clean the skin.
Follow this up with the cleanser you used in the morning, taking the time to massage your face (give yourself a mini facial if you like) to get the skin nice and clean.
Step 2 – Toner
Use the same toner as you did in the morning, so in my case it would be the Pixi Glow Tonic again.
Step 3 – Eye Cream
Again follow the same routine as you did in the morning.
Step 4 – Serum
Of an evening, I like to switch things up a bit with my serum. I go for something with a thicker consistancy, my current go to is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. It’s much sticker than my Green People serum, making it the perfect alternative for my nightime routine.
Step 5 – Face Oil
Oil was a product I had never thought of including in my skincare routine up until recently. Having oilly skin made me think my skin didn’t need extra oils, but honestly it really helps! Some of my favourites are Farsali Rose Gold Elixir (I sometimes apply this in the morning too if my skin needs a little more hydration) and another fave is Bunch Skincare Balance Face Oil. I like to use the latter as part of my evening routine, it smells of lavendar so is best to use right before bed.
Step 6 – Moisturiser
I have quite a few moisturisers in my collection, during the colder months I like to use rich night creams to really nourish my skin and prevent dryness from the icy weather. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is definitely a luxury, it’s extremely expensive to buy on its own, so look out for an Elemis bundle which contains it, because it truly is a wonderful cream. I have a review on the Elemis night cream. Now for a more realistic and affordable option, Green People’s Apple Complex Moisturiser is a winner, it’s heavier than my daily moisturiser but not as thick as the Elemis cream.
Step 7 – Tan
Pretty much every other day I love to give myself a mist of the UTAN X Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water. It creates a gorgeous natural looking tan overnight. The tannng water is the perfect way to end my evening skincare routine, it’s infused with CBD and Scottish Lavendar making it calming and relaxing. I’ve even heard people saying that it’s actually helped with their acne and breakouts because of the CBD ingredient!
I hope you enjoyed reading my Step by Step Winter Skincare Routine for Oily Skin. I’ve been following these steps since about September and have noticed a massive difference in my skin. It looks radiant and I go makeup free in confidence. I also have very senstive skin and quite often have reactions to certain products, however everything I have mentioned in this post does not irritate my skin in the slightest!
Until Another Day x